Friday, October 11, 2013

New GM for Santa Clara VTA

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Nuria I. Fernandez Nuria I. Fernandez WTS International

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Board of Directors has appointed Nuria I. Fernandez general manager, following what it says was a nationwide search and 10-month recruitment process. She will assume her new role Dec. 1, 2013.

Fernandez most recently served as chief operating officer for New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where she was responsible for the overall security of the MTA system, development of its capital and environmental sustainability programs, federal and state government affairs, and management oversight of the five operating agencies and its capital construction.

Fernandez has more than 30 years of experience in the transportation field and a professional career that includes planning, design, and construction of public transit systems, airport operations, and policy development of federal transportation programs. VTA said.

"When General Manager Michael Burns announced his retirement late last year, we knew we were going to have a significant challenge to find his successor," said Joe Pirzynski, VTA board chair. "The primary concern in our search was to find a candidate possessing the qualities that would continue the forward progress that VTA experienced in the eight-plus years Michael dedicated to the organization. We have concluded our search and are very pleased with our selection of Nuria Fernandez. She is an individual who possesses the personal and professional characteristics that we know will move VTA forward."

For the past 25 years, Fernandez has been an active member of WTS (Women in Transportation) International. WTS is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. Click here to see a video of Nuria Fernandez speaking about her involvement in WTS.